Prairie Meadows has played an important role in central Iowa since we opened in 1989. That’s because we are a nonprofit, locally-managed business, one of only two nonprofit casinos in the nation. We began with the goal of lessening the burden of government by promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa.

Our Story

Outstanding entertainment offerings have made Prairie Meadows the No. 1 entertainment destination in Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers nonstop casino action, live and simulcast horse racing, sports wagering, big-name entertainment, local and regional musical acts, and full-service dining amenities. Additionally, Prairie Meadows Hotel provides our guests with a convenient, comfortable place to stay. And our Events Center facilities are ideal for hosting large community gatherings, weddings, business meetings, trade shows, and celebrations with friends and family.


 Our Leaders


As a licensed 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, Prairie Meadows supports a broad range of nonprofit proposals and projects that support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services. We fulfill our mission through our Scholarship Program, Community Betterment Grant Program, and Legacy Grant Program.

Scholarship Program

Grant Programs

Each day we strive to support our growing communities. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given $1.9 billion to the state of Iowa, with $829 million staying right here in Polk County.


Annual Report

Prairie Meadows employs nearly 1,300 people with an additional 200 seasonal positions during the spring and summer months. We are always looking for talented and diverse individuals. If this sounds like a fit for you, check out our current job openings.


From upcoming big-name acts to community giving and everything in between, check out what we’re up to.


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